A pilot study on vaginally assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for patients with uterovaginal prolapse

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2011 May;17(3):115-9. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0b013e318216379d.


Objectives: : The primary objective of this pilot study was to compare the short-term anatomic outcomes and complication rates of vaginally assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy (VALS) with those of conventional laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy (LS) in patients undergoing concurrent hysterectomy. The secondary objective was to compare operative times of the 2 different techniques.

Methods: : This is a retrospective pilot study comparing VALS-a method using transvaginal mesh attachment to the vaginal apex-to conventional LS in patients undergoing concurrent hysterectomy.

Results: : Forty-four women underwent VALS, and 26 women underwent LS. There was no significant difference in intraoperative complication rates (2.3% vs 3.8%, not statistically significant), postoperative complication rates (4.5% vs 0.0%, P = 0.526), mesh extrusion rates (2.3% vs 0%, not statistically significant), or postoperative pelvic organ prolapse quantification scores. The mean total operative time was 55 minutes shorter for the VALS group (215.2 [SD, 41.0] minutes) than the LS group (269.7 [SD, 55.6] minutes; P < 0.001).

Conclusions: : There was no significant difference in short-term anatomic outcomes or complication rates between groups. Vaginally assisted LS was associated with significantly shorter operative times than conventional LS.